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Grand tribute awaits Sens captain

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
The Senators will pay tribute to captain Daniel Alfredsson's 1,000-game milestone before and during Saturday's home game against the Buffalo Sabres (Getty Images).

It's the ultimate tribute for the ultimate Ottawa Senators captain.

Saturday's regular-season finale between the Senators and Buffalo Sabres won't be just another night for the team or its fans. A sold-out Scotiabank Place will be treated to a pre-game ceremony honouring captain Daniel Alfredsson and the 1,000-game milestone he reached earlier this week against the Florida Panthers.

The ceremony, which is being televised in its entirety by CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, is set to begin shortly after 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive earlier for the event, which will feature a number of special presentations. Numerous other tributes are slated throughout the night.

Alfredsson is only the 44th player in National Hockey League history to play 1,000 games with the same franchise. He was a sixth-round pick (133rd overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and went on to win the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie in 1995-96.

"Daniel has been the ultimate warrior on the ice and a model citizen off the ice," said Senators president Cyril Leeder. "As an organization, he is everything you could hope for, and much more, in a captain.  We are lucky, honoured and extremely proud to have had Daniel wear the Senators crest and colours with pride and distinction for 1,000 games now and counting.” 

All fans attending the game will receive a free commemorative Alfredsson 1,000-game T-shirt, with many other souvenirs available for purchase at the The Sens Store locations throughout the arena. A portion of the proceeds from all sales will be donated to the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, one of Alfredsson's charities of choice.

Special 1,000-game pucks will be used during play, each of them bearing Alfredsson's No. 11.

Saturday has also been proclaimed Daniel Alfredsson Day by the city of Ottawa.

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